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ARTIST
TITLE
L'ancolie
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
LPM 035CD LPM 035CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/5/2013

Parisian singer-songwriter Fredda (Frédérique Dastrevigne) is poised to join the circle of French sirens with her new album, L'ancolie. Enchanting with beautiful and unique chansons, this is a celebration of the album as a musical art form, a balance of attention to the very last detail. Fredda's musical career began by singing alongside her partner chanson singer Pascal Parisot. In 2007, her debut album Toutes mes aventures (LPM 014CD) was released on Le Pop Music. Her biggest hit to date, "Barry White," was featured on the U.S. television series "Suits" and numerous international compilations. After her second album, Marshmallow Paradise -- a musical journey through America -- Fredda found a new sound with L'ancolie. She enlisted guitarist Mocke of the Parisian band Holden, after meeting him on a Le Pop tour in 2007. Throughout the album, Mocke's virtuoso solo guitar hovers gently around Fredda's voice. Other contributors include Marianne Dissard (from Tucson, AZ), who wrote the lyrics for "Morin Heights" and "Journal Intime," and songwriter Bastien Lallemant contributed one track as well. Who Fredda listens to and from whom she draws her influence from are unmistakable. Stylistically, she leans on folk singers like Karen Dalton and Vashti Bunyan, but also a great deal on the traditional music of the Appalachian Mountains. A few of the songs on L'ancolie are fed by a tender blues line. Fredda blends these influences into a new form of chanson with a truly classical approach by plucking threads of the French tradition and weaving them into her own contemporary interpretation. Even those who are not intimate with French will be able hear the language's poetic nature in Fredda's music. Subtle arrangements, use of acoustic instruments -- banjo, upright bass, understated percussion alongside her guitar -- and above all, Fredda's way of imbuing a romantic tone. Fittingly, there is no better metaphor than the name of a flower. L'ancolie is a rapturous love letter to the melancholic moments of life.